Make a list.
Complete this sentence: "I am..."
Pretend it's 50 years from now. Where are you and what are you doing?
Fill a page or more in your journal with ideas about who you are in 50 years. Think about who you want to be, where you want to be, who you want to be with. Take time to describe in as much detail as possible what a day in your life might look like. Try to see in your mind's eye a movie of your life in 50 years.
When we focus on where we want to go, the journey toward getting there begins to reveal itself. The more details you can imagine, the more "road signs" will reveal themselves to you on your journey.
Remember, the joy of the journey is in the ride.
Make an entry in your journal where you describe yourself as a wise old woman, an elder or a mentor.
What do you look like? How do you carry yourself? What do you teach?
Imagine yourself as the elder of the community. What lessons do you have to impart? What universal truths do you know that will help others?
We each posses a wealth of knowledge. We have learned so much on our journeys, yet we fail to see ourselves as problem solvers and experts in life.
Explore what knowledge you have as you write in your journal. What do you know about nature? Child birth? Gardens? Cooking? Marriage? Divorce? Grief? Work? Hope? Helping? Community? Life?
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